Kingsgate Native and Sole Power are old adversaries. The latter won this in 2011 and the former has won it twice now including last year's renewal. Sole Power, who is unlikely to run if the ground turns soft, came out best of that pair in the Temple Stakes at Newmarket three weeks ago when HOT STREAK finished less than a length behind in third place. Kevin Ryan's three-year-old looked a high-class sprinter in the making last season, will welcome any rain and looks up to beating his elders on this occasion. Justineo and Pearl Secret will do well to reverse running from the Temple Stakes but Jack Dexter is better than his latest sixth in the Duke Of York suggests. He's preferred to stablemate Hawkeyethenoo, Mirza and Smoothtalkinrascal while the other three-year-old Justice Day has something to find with the selection on last year's Middle Park form.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 11-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 9l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft.
Jack Dexter 4-1fav (9-8) Raced wide in touch, effort 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 11l behind Maarek (9-13) at York 6f Grp 2 (1) sft.
Justineo 12-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Sole Power (9-2) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Kingsgate Native (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, driven and ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-2) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Mirza 20-1 (9-6) 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Catcall (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Pearl Secret 10-3 (9-2) Restrained start in rear, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Sole Power (9-2) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Smoothtalkinrascal (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) 10th of 11, 7l behind Catcall (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Sole Power 9-4fav (9-2) In touch, headway and switched right just inside final furlong, quickened to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf beating Kingsgate Native (9-2) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hot Streak (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Sole Power (9-2) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Justice Day (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) With leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Shamshon (9-7) at York 5f 3yo stk (2) gd.